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Google poetry goes…paper?

Actual book summary encountered today while I was selecting new books: "Poetry consisting of found text from Google search results." And I find myself surprised, not at the fact that someone would publish a book of found poetry from collaged text, or that they'd assemble it out of Google-fragments, but that the resulting poems would […]

Confidential to the BSG fans among my readership…

… especially those of you on Twitter: I just learned (via Twitter, of course) that someone has set up Twitter accounts for a whole bunch of Battlestar Galactica characters. I’m currently following @billadama and @cylonhybrid. (But where’s Laura Roslin?) And looking forward to getting cable in my new apartment when I move at the end […]

Mapping and transportation hacks, #253

I've been trying to figure out the bus system for my soon-to-be neck of the woods, and have thus far found the regional transit agency's website a tad challenging to navigate. So I made up my own transit map instead, with the bus routes marked on it, plus grocery stores and coffee shops and sundry […]

Calling all technogeek book historians

One of the good things about this weekend’s conference was discovering common interests with fellow presenters. During one of those common-interest-finding conversations, I had an idea: “Wouldn’t it be neat,” I said, “if there were some kind of working group for people who work on both the history of the book and what’s happening with […]

UIowa’s Atlas of Early Printing

Fascinating: The Atlas of Early Printing is an interactive site designed to be used as a tool for teaching the early history of printing in Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century. While printing in Asia pre-dates European activity by several hundred years, the rapid expansion of the trade following the discovery of […]

Borges, lifelogging, and the web

Interesting convergence: On Sunday, NPR’s On the Media did a segment on Gordon Bell’s "lifelogging" project, and the consequences for human memory of keeping a digital record of everything one does. Interestingly, Clive Thompson, the second interviewee in the segment, mentioned both the potential for catastrophic loss of data (if your hard drive is your […]

E-books and chained books

Lately I’ve been hearing about one of the disadvantages of commercial e-books (specifically, the kind sold by vendors like NetLibrary or Ebrary): you can’t lend them from one library to another. Dead-tree-based books can be ILL’d and shared among library consortia, but you can’t ship an e-book when it comes with restrictions about which users […]

Tweet tweet tweet

I’ve just started using Twitter. Check out the "Twitter updates" widget on the right-hand side of this page — and, if you’re using it too, feel free to tweet at me! Does anyone else picture Paul Klee’s Twittering Machine every time they contemplate Twitter?

A markup language for geeky knitters

Just as I’m wrapping up work on my controlled vocabulary for knitting (final project #2, almost done), I come across this: KnitML, the knitting markup language. As the About page puts it, Imagine being able to do the following for any KnitML-based pattern: Render a pattern in either written directions or a chart, dependent on […]

One project down, three to go.

There are still a boatload of projects waiting to be done, but I’ve finished my final website project for my web design class: a guide to movies about opera. I had a lot of fun working on it, and I think I’ll most likely keep it going after this quarter is over. If you’re interested, […]